US Embassy Nairobi – Public Health Specialist (Care & Support).

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The incumbent is the senior program specialist on DoD’s HIV/AIDS adult and pediatric treatment and TB portfolio under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for DoD civilian and Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) activities. The incumbent will oversee the PEPFAR DoD adult, pediatric, and adolescent treatment, care, prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT), and tuberculosis (TB). Key responsibilities are two-fold: implementing and supporting treatment and care interventions and working with implementing partners to monitor performance and maintain delivery of high quality HIV services. The Incumbent will report to the Deputy Director, DoD PEPFAR, under the US Army Medical Research Directorate-Africa (USAMRD-A), Walter Reed Army Institute of Research


Must have a total of 3 years of experience in public health and clinical care of HIV/AIDS, and one additional year of experience at the managerial level with multiple staff is required. Public health and clinical care of HIV/AIDS must include the following components:

1) Public Health – At least 3 years of public health experience in the management of HIV/AIDS in Africa or other developing countries is required with emphasis of Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT), Care and Treatment and Tuberculosis. Must also have 3 years’ experience of working with ministries of health in developing countries.

(2) Clinical Experience – At least 3 years of experience in the clinical management of HIV/AIDS including experience with use of highly active antiretroviral therapy and OI prophylaxis, diagnosis and management.

(3) Research and Policy – Must have demonstrated experience working with development of national level health policy, preferably in HIV/AIDS related areas. Must also have at least 1 year experience conducting public health research as a principal or a co-investigator.


Technical knowledge of clinical medicine, epidemiology, and public health relevant to the African setting, is required. S/he must have a developed understanding of intra-agency procedures for coordination with agency headquarters and embassy management. Job holder is a senior public health specialist in the section and as such explains agency and USG PEPFAR policies, guidelines and procedures for administration of grants, contracts and/or cooperative agreements. This full array of organizational knowledge is required because job holder is the “front person” for explaining to implementing and collaborating partners HIV/AIDS and PEPFAR policies, procedures, and technical matters and the importance of achieving strategic objectives and keeping accurate records to reflect that achievement.
Job holder is required to have a high level of detailed knowledge of the host country public health environment, including a detailed knowledge of the structure and operations of the host government ministries that deal with public health issues, the environment for health care delivery for both tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, strengths and weaknesses at the national, regional, district and community level. 


  • Degree – Medical qualification (United States MD or local equivalent) is required.
  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, or equivalent qualification relevant to health and HIV/AIDS care, treatment and prevention is also required.


Level 4 (Fluent, speaking/reading/writing)of English is required. (This may be tested).
Level 3 (Good Working Knowledge, speaking/reading/writing) of Kiswahili is required.


(1) The incumbent must have demonstrated ability to providing technical guidance in a large, technically and culturally diverse staff at assigned program sites in conducting complex programs; plan, coordinate, and prioritize complex interventions in HIV AIDS treatment, care and prevention; manage analyze and report on the substantial program resources allocated for relevant activities at their assigned study sites.
(2) Must have strong computer skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
(3) Must be able to process written reports and use spreadsheets and database software packages.
(4) Must have strong interpersonal skills, the ability to work as a team member and to lead teams both on operational and research levels. Excellent communication and coordination skills are a must.
(5) The incumbent must ensure that the clinical, care, TB and PMTCT strategic objectives of OGAC, PEPFAR, and WRAIR are met.


All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO):  The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Agency Benefits:

Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in (insert post and/or country name) may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.

For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.

The pay plan is assigned at the time of the conditional offer letter by the HR Office.

Other Information:

HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS:  Applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below.  Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.

How to Apply:

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Open Period: 12/07/2020 – 12/18/2020

All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Public trust clearance. 

To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button.  For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site.

Required Documents:

In order to qualify based on education, you MUST submit the requested diploma and / or transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you will not be considered for this position.

Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)

Residency and/or Work Permit

Degree – Medical qualification (United States MD or local equivalent)

Master’s degree in Public Health, or equivalent qualification relevant to health and HIV/AIDS care, treatment and prevention

Curriculum – vitae (CV)

DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)

SF-50 (if applicable)

Next Steps:

Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email. 

For further information – the complete position description listing all of the duties, responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Nairobi, Kenya.




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